From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I am writing you today to find out the facts about this new "Future of Journalism" and any new laws that you are planning to impose on the American Citizens. Here is an email directly from the FTC that was dated only Sept.9,09 what has happened between that time and now to change to this drastic measure? Here is the email the FTC sent me assuring me that there was no fear of bringing back the "fairness" doctrine... but this looks like the exact same thing to me. CIMS00002206551 - FCC Consumer Center response from representative TSR58 Wednesday, September 9, 2009 9:35 AM From:FTC Add sender to Contacts To: email@example.com You are receiving this email in response to your inquiry to the FCC. Dear Consumer, Thank you for contacting the FCC regarding the Fairness Doctrine. We are reviewing your correspondence to determine how we can best serve you. The FCC does not enforce the Fairness Doctrine. It was repealed in 1987. The Fairness Doctrine was a regulation of the Federal Communications Commission which required broadcast licensees to present controversial issues of public importance, and to present such issues in what was deemed an honest, equal and balanced manner. It has since been repealed by the FCC and aspects of it have been questioned by courts. In August 1987, the Commission abolished the doctrine by a 4-0 vote, in its Syracuse Peace Council decision. The FCC insisted that the doctrine had grown to inhibit rather than enhance debate and suggested that, due to the many media voices in the marketplace at the time, the doctrine was perceived to be unconstitutional. The FCC found that the Doctrine: -Lessened the "amount of diverse views;" -Inhibited "expression of unorthodox opinions;" -Placed "government into intrusive and constitutionally disfavored role of scrutinizing content;" -Imposed "unnecessary economic costs on broadcasters and the Commission;" and -Was not needed "in light of [the] increased number and type of information sources." Again, thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Your views and comments are important to us. Thank You Representative Number : TSR58 Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know the truth if the FTC is planning on doing this below. Thank you so much, Cyndi Parkins The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a 47-page bureaucratic plan for the “Reinvention of Journalism” that outlines a series of taxes that would stifle free speech and silence conservatives. MRC’s Vice President for Business and Culture, Dan Gainor, who helped break this shocking story, says the report contains the word “tax” 95 times and is part of “an extensive attempt by the Obama Administration to seize control of the press.” And the conservative media are directly in the crosshairs of the Obama team. The FTC paper includes… * A “Drudge Tax” on news aggregators like The Drudge Report who stand on the front lines of the struggle to expose the Leftist agenda. * A “journalism division” of AmeriCorps -- forcing taxpayers to pay the Obama Administration to train up the next generation of liberal journalists! * A direct Journalism Bailout fund to “help pay the salary of every journalist” -- YOU AND I will be forced to fund the liberal media! * A 5% tax on consumer electronics (like the iPad) * Possible taxes on cell phones, television and radio that would all be part of a massive $35 billion “Citizenship Media Fund” This new FTC document combined with the FCC’s moves to impose a “Fairness Doctrine” pose an ominous threat to conservative speech that would empower the Obama administration to control the dissemination of information while imposing punitive taxes on ideological opponents.